March/April 2007

Division News

Men underutilize mental health services. The conference will discuss current findings and best practices on how to encourage men to try psychotherapy and keep them returning once they get to our offices. Male depression is a major mental health issue that has even caught the attention of the major media recently.

APAGS News

APAGS scholarships are available to graduate student members of APAGS who are enrolled at least halftime as a student in good standing at a regionally accredited university.

Foundation News

APF will award up to $20,000 in 2007 for innovative community programming aimed at interventions to prevent and reduce violence in society.

From the Education Directorate

The APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) has created a PowerPoint template to encourage APA Divisions to create PowerPoint demonstrations on each Division’s content area. The template outlines the following topics: history, main topics and theories, current issues, careers, and resources.

From the Public Interest Directorate

The report is titled, A Portrait of Success and Challenge, 1997-2005. It provides an update of data on both the demographics of ethnic minorities in the United States, and the status of ethnic minorities within APA and throughout psychology's education pipeline.

From the Science Directorate

Foundation for the Advancement of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) and the APA Science Directorate will once again collaborate on a Science Café. The topic for the coming event is “Unraveling the Mysteries of the Brain and Mind in the Aftermath of Terri Schiavo and Related Cases.”

From the APA Practice Directorate

Senate bill (S 558) would extend full parity protection to some 113 million Americans in group health plans covering more than 50 employees. The bill would close loopholes in the 1996 federal parity law that allow health plans to use discriminatory restrictions on mental health day and visit limits, copayments and deductibles. Further, the legislation would cover substance abuse and chemical dependency along with mental health services.